News for Youse: Rally for science, B.C. municipalities meeting, and George Clooney enjoys a night out
Rally for science today Scientists and their supporters will rally today (September 16) in Vancouver and across Canada in a show of opposition against Stephen Harper’s handling of government-funded research. Organizers of the group, called Evidence for Democracy, argue that under the federal Conservatives, scientists have been prevented from speaking to the public. The Vancouver protest is scheduled for 11 a.m. in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Municipalities to debate fuel tax The annual Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention begins today in Vancouver. Among dozens of issues up for debate is an increase on fuel tax sales that would see money raised go to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. The resolution would recommend that the provincial government up the tax by one-tenth of a cent.
Liquor laws website goes live On Saturday (September 14), the provincial government launched a website designed as a forum for the public to provide feedback on B.C. liquor laws and submit recommendations for possible changes. The website is part of a public consultation phase that ends on October 31, 2013.
Mass shooting in Washington D.C. A shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in the United States’ capital has left at least six people dead and several more injured. Early reports state that two or more shooters were involved in the attack.
Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has has met with the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama. In a move that will likely irk many in China, the high-profile advocate for democracy held a private meeting with the exiled Dalai Lama while attending a human rights conference in Prague.
Use of chemical weapons in Syria confirmed A United Nations report published today confirms suspicions that chemical weapons were used in an August 21 attack on a Damascus suburb. The document states that there is “convincing evidence” that sarin gas was involved in the incident. The UN report does not assign blame for the attack.
Fukushima prepares for storm A typhoon is headed for the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Workers there are struggling to contain serious radiation leaks that began after the facility was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
George Clooney enjoys a night on the town Vancouver’s social media scene has been flooded with photographs of George Clooney. The movie star is in town filming the new Disney movie Tomorrowland and, the photos show, ventured off set to enjoy a drink over the weekend.